I am sorry Lebannen had the experience he did. I applaud him for his conviction. We need more cops like him.
I strongly urge him to contact his states Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) agency. They are ultimately responsible for the content of the academy. This will also help him determine what the true lesson plan is versus what was taught. I have seen numerous cases of instructors going off the reservation, so to speak, and not teaching current case law, et cetera.
Some of the examples used directly contradict recent case law.
Here’s one last appeal to Lebannen: consider moving to a more Constitution-respecting state or agency. Most rural county agencies tend to be much more respectful of these things. When you have NYPD doing stop and frisk versus western Sheriffs, who actively refuse to enforce anti-gun laws, this brings to light the difference locale makes.
God bless. – LEO Medic
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The author states: If you are being pulled over in a poorly lit or dangerous area, then you are protected by federal law of slowly advancing to the nearest reasonable area to assist the officer in facilitating the stop. Here in Iowa a decade ago there was a particularly brutal murder of a 35 year old mother of three by three boys with fake lights on their 4-wheel-drive vehicle. At that time there was much discussion on what to do. Authorities suggest this action if you are suspect of the vehicle or are in dark unsafe areas.
- Turn on 4-way hazard lights.
- Turn on dome light, if night time.
- If you have a cell phone, call 911.
- Drive lawfully to the nearest public/well lit area.
Over the years since, most agencies (in Iowa) have moved away from unmarked vehicles on patrol to enhance police presence. It is very rare for the emergency lights to be anywhere but rooftop. I am a 52 year old fit male with a ccw. I will do the above when presented with this scenario; there is no reason to escalate or compromise personal safety.